Applicants for Economics

Joseph Parker made this Freedom of Information request to Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Dear Magdalene College, Cambridge,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request some raw data from you regarding university applications.

1) The number of IB economics applicants, and the number of which were made offers, studying the IB Diploma in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

2) The average predicted IB points score of economics applicants and the average of those made offers in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

3) The mean IB points score offer made to economics applicants in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

4) The total number of applicants and the number of successful applicants who already had their IB results when they applied to Magdalene. In any past year where the data is available.

5) The average IB score for students accepted to Magdalene who had IB results before applying. In any past year where the data is available.

Yours Faithfully,

Joseph Parker

Kathryn Gee,

Dear Joseph,


I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOI 2000)  regarding applicants to the College studying for IB


We are unable to provide the information broken into individual years as
the very small numbers involved would lead to the disclosure of personal
data of individuals: this information is therefore withheld under section
40(2) Data Protection of the FOI 2000. Instead we have given information
aggregated over the six years (2012 – 2017 admission) that you have
enquired about, and included ranges which you may find helpful.


1)      Total number of students studying IB who applied to study
economics – 15; total number of these students who received offers – 6.

2)      Average (mean) predicted IB score of those who applied to study
economics – 43.5 (range 42-45); average (mean) predicted IB score for
those who received offers – 44.2 (range 42-45).

3)      Mean IB offer score for these students – 42.1 (range 42-43), with
additional conditions as to the spread of this score.

4)      Only one applicant applied to study economics after receiving
their IB results.

5)      We are unable to give information about this as it is exempt under
section 40(2) Data Protection of the FOI 2000.

I hope you find this information useful. The College’s complaints
procedure provides for an internal review of the decisions regarding this
response if you are dissatisfied with it.  You should let me know if you
wish to use it, letting me know your reasons for dissatisfaction and any
other matters to which the College should have regard.  The review will be
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information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
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On behalf of Helen Foord, FOI Officer.


Kathryn Gee

Secretary to the Assistant Bursar

Magdalene College



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